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Old 06-15-2006, 11:40 AM   #1
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Thumbs down LaMarcus Aldridge: "I'd rather stay in the US"

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/14818639.htm

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Aldridge has been working out in Dallas with Toronto Raptors center Chris Bosh.

"Bosh is a great overall player," Aldridge said. "If he had some help, I think that organization could get to the next level. (With) one or two more pieces, they're going to be a great overall team."

The Raptors own the first pick, but Aldridge indicated he would rather stay in the U.S. And he thinks the Bulls would be a good match.


Could this guy pull a Stevie Franchise on the Raps?

Do we even want him?
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Old 06-15-2006, 11:54 AM   #2
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whoa power works, you're putting words in the kids' mouth.

he didn't say "I'd rather play in the US"

a reporter probably asked him "where would you rather play, the US or Canada?" and he probably replied, "i'd be more comfortable in the states"


he's not pulling a steve franchise. steve francis flat out said he didn't want to play for vancouver.
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Old 06-15-2006, 12:08 PM   #3
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he would be more comfortable...he rather same thing he doesnt want to play with the raptors...but i would love to get him denham brown and bobby jones
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Old 06-15-2006, 03:35 PM   #4
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It's still risky. We don't know exactly what he said. I agree that the reporter probably blew it out of proportion a little bit, but if he'd rather be in the States what happens when his rookie contract expires? I don't think anyone will ever pull a Steve Francis again, that was one of the worst things I've seen in the league. As soon as his name was called you could see the look of disgust and disapointment on his face.
Also, Anyone know who they got in the trade for Francis?
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Old 06-15-2006, 04:19 PM   #5
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I was not a fan during the steve fiasco, I'd appreciate if someone where to spell out the situation for me.

I'm going to look for LA's exact words if I get the time.
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Old 06-15-2006, 05:08 PM   #6
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Thumbs down Once bitten, twice shy!

That may not be his exact words, but the message in the article is clear ---- he’d rather not play in Canada.

These draft prospects should be kissing our ass, expounding the virtues of playing for a great city. This is not the BS attitude they should be coming in with.

Why would an agent and his draftee be stupid enough to make a blanket statement like this…. unless they feel strongly about it?

If Chris Bosh, who’s 5x the player Aldridge is, can make TO his home, then why not a rook with zero NBA experience.

I hope Aldridge clears this shiit up when he works out here this week. Hopefully, it's just some stupid-a$$, homer sports writer putting words in his mouth.

Stevie Franchise was the 2nd pick overall by Vancouver in 1999, but for whatever reason didn’t want to play in Canada. He held the Grizz hostage, and forced them to package him in a 3-team 11-player deal with the Rockets and Magic. The Grizz essentially got garbage for the 2nd pick, and 2 years later left YVR and moved to Memphis.

I don't know exactly what the circumstances are with Francis and Vancouver pre-draft.


Regardless, let this be a cautionary tale.
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Old 06-15-2006, 05:12 PM   #7
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if somone tole you would you rather play in toronto(or whatever your home town is) or play in vancouver(or some far off land)..i think youd be more cofertable in your home town
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This is what I find funny. This is "media" coming out again. Who knows? The article could have been true and all, but that part might have been put in there to make some more dramatic news to "sell news papers" or to get people to view what they got to say. Who knows?
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article = billy bull****
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im not his biggest fan anyways
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Old 06-17-2006, 05:47 PM   #11
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from the interview after his workout in Toronto he seems to be content with the Raptors. He would like to play with Bosh and even though Aldridge should gain some more pounds, he would cover the gaping hole at center. I think B.C will pick him if he will know that he will probably not get anything better in free agency.
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